Guys, we’ve all been there. You step off the train in a new city, for a business meeting or big night out, and you suddenly realise your barnet is more Catweazle than George Clooney. If you’re in Manchester, you’re in luck. The city has an abundance of hairdressers for men, ranging from fiercely traditional barbers to cutting edge coiffeurs. Whatever your style, there’s a pair of scissors with your name on them.
Looking for a haircut so good, you’ll come back to the city for more? Read on.
Here are our picks
The Portland Barbers, Unit 22 Hatch, Oxford Rd,, Manchester, M1 7ED - Visit now
In a short time, Hatch has become one of the most vibrant and vital districts of the city, with everything from smart gift shops to top-class street food. It needs a barbershop to match, and with The Portland Barbers it has the perfect fit.
Rubber Soul, 16 Whittle Street, Manchester, M4 1LT - Visit now
Based in the heart of the thriving Northern Quarter, Rubber Soul towers over the competition when it comes to stylish and affordable haircuts. With a soundtrack of blues, rock and the best local bands, Rubber Soul is championed by all manner of Manchester-based musicians looking for something a little more special than short back and sides. Headed by the expert men’s hairdresser Davey, and his equally-skilled colleague Leanne, this hidden gem is no bog-standard stuffy barbers. Word of mouth is everything when it comes to great haircuts, and there’s a good reason people travel here from around the country.
notjust, 52 Newton Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1ED - Visit now
If you’re planning on any big nights out, it simply won’t do if you have a scruffy mop-top. Gents, get yourself night-out-ready and head to notjust in the Northern Quarter for the finest haircut this side of Samson and Delilah.
RPB, 35 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LX - Visit now
Another Northern Quarter gem, RPB aka Ross Paralane’s Barber shop, is a relative newcomer to the city but has already become a firm favourite with local footballers, both City and United. Best of all? It’s the only barbershop in Manchester with an alcohol license. Perfect if you want to start your night early.
Barbarella, 34-36 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN
Retro by name, retro by nature, Barbarella hairdressers has been tucked away at the back of the city’s leading vintage emporium, Pop Boutique, for longer than anyone can remember. Hairstyles might change but the space has remained admirably resistant to change, right down to the Jane Fonda prints from the sixties sci-fi film it took its name from.